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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Receives Top Research Award

May 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Representatives from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) attending the American Academy of Environmental Engineers’ conference last month came home holding the grand prize for university research.

The MWRD funded the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) research which focused on the health risks associated with recreation on Chicago waterways. MWRD Monitoring and Research Director Thomas Granato directed the study, and Samuel Dorevitch, Associate Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences at the UIC School of Public Health, conducted the three-year epidemiologic study.
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Mayor Emanuel Announces Chicago Infrastructure Trust

March 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the creation of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, an innovative way to leverage private investment for transformative infrastructure projects. Mayor Emanuel was joined at the announcement by President Bill Clinton, who has been helping strengthen the country’s infrastructure for decades, most recently through the Clinton Foundation’s work with large cities like Chicago on energy efficiency initiatives.
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Little Village Unveils Plans for Urban Farm and Park

November 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

During the next step of Little Village’s effort to clean and remediate local brownfields, the nonprofit Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) unveiled plans for two neighboring sites, which total over 24 acres of land.

One site will become a soccer field with walking trails. The other will host organic beans and tomatoes. Both sites are former contaminated brownfields that comprise the first new green spaces in more than 80 years in a community that ranks second-worst in Chicago in available open space. LVEJO and community members hope that these sites can become catalysts for local anti-obesity and climate change efforts.
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FedEx O’Hare Opens City’s Largest Green Roof

October 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The FedEx Cargo Relocation Facility, is part of the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP), now includes the largest green roof in the City of Chicago. The 3.9 acre structure is the size of three football fields or roughly 175,000 square feet.

The roof is visible from planes as they take off and land from O’Hare. Globally, this is the second largest green roof structure, behind a green roof at the Frankfort, Germany airport.
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Plan will Protect $2.2 Million Public Trees on Near Northside

October 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Jon Sedey

Prior to Chicago’s budget crisis, and the disbanding of the Department on Environment, having the means to care for all of the city’s street trees has been difficult. Besides financial challenges, Chicago’s urban street trees have to survive in extremely harsh conditions, face vandalism and are subject to removal and relocation at a moment’s notice.
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Chicago Disbands Department on the Environment

October 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By: Jon Sedey

At Wednesday’s special City Council meeting, Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed his budget plan that asks taxpayers, city workers and aldermen to sacrifice to avoid harsher fiscal problems in the future.

Emanuel’s proposed plan includes hitting up visitors and suburbanites for more money, closing three police stations, cutting library hours, overhauling garbage collection, doubling city water bills and restructuring city departments to cut down on waste.

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Climate Change Exhibition

November 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

If you have not done so already, go visit The Field Museum’s latest exhibition. On display until November 28, 2010, “Climate Change” explores the changing climate throughout the 21st Century.  Areas of interest include interactive kiosks, displays, and videos examining human activity which has changed the world in which we live in. While there, you will see how burning fossil fuels and other activities caused the sea levels to go up, brought upon droughts and storms, destroyed natural habitats, and strained cultures.
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